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5:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Second Arrest Made In Death Of Arkansas Realtor

Crystal Lowery
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Authorities have arrested the wife of a man accused of kidnapping and killing an Arkansas real estate agent on the same charges.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says 41-year-old Crystal Lowery of Jacksonville was arrested Thursday at her home. An arrest report says she is charged with capital murder and kidnapping.

Lowery's husband, 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis, was arrested earlier this month for capital murder, kidnapping and robbery in the death of 50-year-old Beverly Carter. Lewis has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Local & Regional News
1:44 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Lawmakers To Hear Preliminary Report on 911 Systems Statewide

The Legislative Arkansas Blue Ribbon Committee on Local 911 Systems will hear an update on early findings of a statewide report on emergency call systems Friday. The committee aims to set quality standards and address issues with 911 systems around the state.

In its preliminary report, the committee identified issues, including funding gaps for certain counties that have not passed a local surcharge for 911 service.

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Arkansas Election 2014
11:21 am
Thu October 30, 2014

University Of Arkansas Poll Finds GOP Leading in Races

UA Poll With Cotton and Hutchinson Leads
Credit http://plsc.uark.edu/ / University of Arkansas

UA Newsire: The 16th annual Arkansas Poll found an electorate more pessimistic about the direction of Arkansas and more optimistic about their personal future. Likely voters prefer Republican candidates, although a record significant gap divides male and female voters.

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Local & Regional News
10:39 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Suit's Dismissal in Dirksmeyer Case

A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a civil lawsuit that was filed by the boyfriend of a slain Arkansas beauty queen.

Kevin Jones was initially charged and put on trial for the 2005 killing of his girlfriend, Nona Dirksmeyer. Jones was acquitted by a jury and another man was later charged, but not convicted, in the case.

Jones sued Russellville police four years after his acquittal, claiming that officers conspired to frame him for the crime. A federal judge in Little Rock dismissed Jones' lawsuit, saying he waited too long to file the case.

Arkansas Ballot Measures
8:44 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Arkansas Voters To Consider Issue 3, Proposing Ethics Reforms

SLIDESHOW: Tachany Evans, Democratic candidate for house district 68 with Save Arkansas Term Limits' Trojan horse.
Sarah Whites-Koditschek KUAR News

Crowds strolled along a busy street fair in downtown Russellville last weekend,  talking shop about antique cars. Tachany Evans, a Democratic candidate for District 68 of the state House of Representatives, stood with her pet Rottweiler near a 10-foot wooden statue of a Trojan horse that sat on a trailer bed.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ross & Hutchinson Seek Support Of Arkansas African-American Communities

With less than a week before Election Day gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both campaigned in Little Rock Wednesday and stressed the importance of Arkansas’s African-American vote.

Ross contended his support for expanded pre-K and a higher minimum wage as well as his opposition to the recently struck down Voter ID law would benefit the black community. At his campaign headquarters Ross also received the support of the entire Legislative Black Caucus.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Pike County Senior Named As Driver In School Bus Stop Death

An 88-year-old Pike County man has been identified as the driver of a vehicle that struck a 12-year-old student who had stepped off a Kirby School District bus.

Arkansas State Police identified the driver Wednesday as Dwight L. Moody of Delight. A State Police report has been submitted to Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir, who is reviewing it to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

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Local & Regional News
5:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Arkansas GOP Hopefuls Rally In Little Rock As Election Nears

Republican Tom Cotton speaking at Wednesday's rally at his campaign headquarters in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republicans are expressing confidence that they'll complete a takeover of Arkansas' top offices as they try to rally support in the final days leading up to next week's midterm election.

The GOP's candidates gathered Wednesday for a rally to highlight the party's top races and tout their chances in Tuesday's election.

The rally at the party's coordinated campaign offices included Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton and Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson.

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Local & Regional News
10:38 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Crystal Bridges Museum In NW Arkansas Announces 2015 Exhibitions

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has announced six temporary exhibitions that will go on display next year at the facility in Bentonville.

The first exhibit is "Van Gogh to Rothko" and will feature 75 artworks from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Along with work by Vincent Van Gogh and Mark Rothko, the exhibition will also feature pieces by Paul Gauguin, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, among others.

The exhibition opens Feb. 21 and runs through June 1.

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Local & Regional News
10:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Two Civil Lawsuits Filed Over Arkansas Excursion Train Wreck

File photo of the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad train involved in the accident, as photographed at the Van Buren station in June.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two passengers on an excursion train that was struck head-on by another train in northwest Arkansas have filed civil lawsuits against the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad.

Corliss Johnson of Rogers and Margaret Harkins of Lowell have filed separate lawsuits against the railroad in connection with the Oct. 16 collision. Fayetteville television station KHOG reports that both Johnson and Harkins say they paid $107 to ride the excursion train for a scenic tour.

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